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The Slice: Comparing Spokane to the Beav’s town

Here are 25 key differences between the town of Mayfield depicted in TV’s “Leave It to Beaver” (1957-1963) and Spokane (2016).

1. Spokane has a slightly more relaxed dress code for casual wear at home.

2. Fewer young scholars nicknamed “Lumpy” or “Whitey” here.

3. Newspapers were delivered by children in Mayfield.

4. Spokane has a much larger minority population.

5. Not much hip-hop influence evident in Mayfield.

6. More texting while driving in Spokane.

7. Eddie Haskell would be a TV news anchor in Spokane.

8. Teachers in Mayfield seldom had to deal with kids from broken families.

9. Not all that many murders and drug overdoses in Mayfield.

10. Fewer kids with creative monikers in Mayfield. (Remember, Beaver’s actual name was Theodore.)

11. More women in the workforce in Spokane.

12. Mayfield seemed pretty flat and lacked impressive waterfalls.

13. June Cleaver never served kale.

14. Not many moose wandered into Mayfield.

15. Ward did not drive an SUV.

16. Marijuana was not legal in Mayfield.

17. As is sometimes the case in families today, the Cleavers didn’t always agree on parenting decisions.

18. Sexual identity was less of an issue in Mayfield.

19. More craft beer and big civic events in Spokane.

20. Mayfield never hosted a world’s fair (at least it hadn’t as of 1963).

21. “Mayfield” didn’t get mispronounced.

22. Spokane has a better selection of restaurants.

23. Families ate meals together in Mayfield.

24. Mayfield’s roads seemed to be in better shape.

25. Spokane has better dogs.

Today’s Slice question: So who has superior remember-when stories?

Those born and raised here or people who moved to the Spokane area from far away?

Lifers have the advantage of, well, a lifetime of memories. Transplants can tell “When I first moved here” stories, which can be entertaining.

You make the call.

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email The more expensive the homes in the neighborhood, the less tolerance there is for mystery cars parked on the street for a long time in front of a house.

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